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What do you think is impossible?

If you firmly believe that you will never be able to do something, you are less likely to do it in the first place.

And if you don’t do it, your conviction will turn out to be correct, not because you can’t do it, but because you didn’t even try to do it.

Most of us love being right about what we believe.

Is there something you used to think was impossible to do but eventually managed to do?

Probably one of the major reasons why your past self thought it would be impossible to do it is precisely because your past self hadn’t even tried to do it before.

It was beyond your imagination.

But now you know it’s possible because you did it.

You know how it works. And you are not afraid of doing it.

Some things are physically impossible to do. But other than these “impossible” things, you could do all sorts of things.

Sometimes we tend to look for reasons why we cannot do certain things, but hey, we could look for reasons why we could do these things… and look for role models who did exactly the same thing or something similar enough.

If you know something is possible to do, you will be more inclined to believe that you could do it, too. Except, of course, we love to think we are so special and unique that our situation is absolutely different from everyone else’s.

If you feel that way, realize you can still look for what’s possible and you can still find ways that work for you.

I know it sounds abstract so far, but what I wrote above applies to BJJ, too.

If you firmly believe you will never be able to do a particular technique or position, you are getting in your own way.

Instead, try to understand what’s going on and what baby steps you may be missing. Then, ask your coach and teammates.

You can figure out how to do it. And then you practice doing it. Eventually, you will get better.

One day you will be able to do what you once thought was impossible… so start believing in it first.